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Best Tips to Keep Geraniums Blooming

I have had great success growing Geraniums for several years. I don’t claim to be a master gardener or an expert, however I was taught this trick by an eccentric master gardener and it has served me well for many years.

This is the lesson I learned from my eccentric but very talented friend. She said the best tip to keep geraniums blooming all summer long, is to break off the blooms almost as soon as they appear! What???? I was shocked and upset when one day, she started to remove all the beautiful blooms from my plant. Although she explained why, I still wasn’t so sure. However, I’ve never forgotten her or her tips and here’s the results.

First, geraniums are hardy, need less water and enjoy a sunny spot. The front porch gets intense evening sun and they thrive there. In this post I’m referring to potted Geraniums, however most of these tips apply to those planted in the ground as well. You can also see more tips to keep your porches looking fresh all summer long here.

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#1 Tip – Deadhead to Keep Geraniums Blooming

This is so super easy to do because they pinch off so easily. Just follow the bloom stem to the point it connects to the larger stem and you will feel a slight nub. Break at the nub and remove the bloom.

Removed the blooms as soon as they begin to fade.
This is a bloom that I would remove

You will be resistant to removing a beautiful bloom and honestly you CAN wait until you see it start to fade. But don’t let it linger to long or you’ll slow down the process. Note: When I know I have company coming or plan to photograph my plants, I don’t remove the blooms until they are almost completely spent.

#2 Tip – Remove dead or fading leaves

Just as important as removing the bloom, dead leaves and those that are fading, will continue to draw nutrients from the plant. I make a practice to remove those each time I deadhead the blooms. You also want to remove the leaf at the nub as well.

You can see the slight nub at the end of the blooms and leaves

#3 Tip – Water REGULARLY but not to often

Geraniums don’t require daily watering. Usually 3 times a week will keep them healthy. Obviously, during extreme heat, you may need to give them an extra drink or two. I also, feed my geraniums at least every two weeks for Miracle Grow Plant Food.

#4 Tip – Use your blooms

If you are deadheading your blooms frequently, don’t just toss those lovely flowers. Bring them inside and enjoy the blooms.

geraniums are beautiful in a vase.

#5 Tip – Going on Vacation

Geraniums will bloom all summer long with these great tips.
After one week on vacation, the above blooms were waiting for me when I returned home.

Here is another tip by friend shared with me about keeping my geraniums looking good all summer long. Remove all the blooms before you go on vacation. If you plan to be gone for several days, you are not going to miss these blooms anyway. Nutrients will be saved and most likely you’ll return to a plant full of blooms.

A brief Friendship has life changing impact

My friend was a talented designer as well as a master gardener. She shared so many design ideas with me that I still use today in my home decor. She died shortly after I met her but her impact on my design style lives on. In addition, every time I remove a geranium bloom, I think of her.

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Best Tips to keep your geraniums blooming all summer long.

Chloe

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Unfortunately here in Florida, no amount of pinching and prodding or begging, geraniums just won't last all summer. They bloom themselves like crazy and just give up about the 4th of July. But, we start with them so early, so I can't blame the geraniums!

June McGhee

Monday 24th of May 2021

Loved your heartwarming story. Flowers are the best way to make forever friends😃 I consider you as one of mine 💕

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Monday 24th of May 2021

June, Thanks so much. I really appreciate your sweet compliments.

diana

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

So sorry you didn't have a longer relationship with your new friend. I, like you, would have been shocked to have a new friend reach down and take off my beautiful geraniums. I find in gardening, which I love, sometimes you have to be a little forward thinking so our plants give us their very best. Pruning can be painful but it helps the plants so much. Quite frankly, I find this also relates to our own life. Having a friend who tells us the truth, even though it feels painful, makes a better person. Rachel, thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.

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Friday 14th of May 2021

Diana, Thank you for your kind words and what you said is so true. I appreciate this so much.

Cindy

Monday 13th of July 2020

These are great tips. I gasped when you first began tge story of your friend doing what she did to yours.

Funny, I didn't realize they liked blazing afternoon sun. If I didn't have MS I would try again on my front porch. Deadheading isn't easy on a regular basis.

Cindy

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 13th of July 2020

Cindy, I appreciate your comments and I agree it's not always easy, but when I make myself do it, it's amazing how they grow. I hope you have the best day. Rachel

deezie

Monday 13th of July 2020

Good Morning Rachel Love this post. I adore Geraniums and two years ago decided to try growing them from seed. I start in the winter and haven't purchased any new plants in 2 years. Love them so much. Thank you for the great tips, will certainly do them deezie

Teresa

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Where do I buy the seeds?

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 13th of July 2020

Deezie, I'm so glad to help. Thanks so much.